Empathy and social-emotional factors in recovery from stroke

Paul J. Eslinger, Kari Parkinson, Simone G. Shamay

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There is growing interest in evaluating the social and emotional effects of stroke, with the aim of improving recovery and outcome. Recent investigations indicate that post-stroke depression and social impairment are cross-cultural consequences that affect between one-third and two-thirds of patients. These conditions appear to be undertreated, even though studies confirm measurable benefits of medical and caregiver education interventions. A further improvement in outcome can be expected from the comprehensive recognition and management of other social and emotional alterations that encompass emotion-related communication disorders, reduced emotional arousal, initiation and expression, and impaired social cognition, empathy and related interpersonal competencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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